STATEMENT 'There exists more than a constancy of healthy contradiction in the inventions of Gustavo Rivera. His irregular geometric figures, his lyric content, his planes of primary colors contrasting with grays, his graffiti and the titles of each work constitute the qualities of a game controlled by the rules of entertainment. His references to common places and to an untroubled childhood world give him a perspective of understanding, truly valuable in the context of good and evil, beauty and ugliness. Paintings that not only promise the sabotage of an asphyxiating life without humor, but also the opportunity for fantasy and a moral way of acting. An extension of our qualities Rivera represents in his work the primary human quality, generous in good feelings and capable of error.' ....Guillermo Santamarina
BIOGRAPHY Ramos Rivera's poetic work draws its inspiration from his birthplace of Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, a small, rural town close to Mexico's northern border, and from his home in San Franciso where he has lived since 1969. Ramos Rivera uses bold color and abstract images that are none-the-less suggestive of place and memory. One of the Bay area's most important artists, his work is in The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, and the Portland Art Museum, and in many other national and international collections.